Wednesday, February 6, 2013
About 50 firefighters, paramedics, and rescuers helped pull an injured worker from a piece of heavy machinery last April in Laurel.
Firefighters, paramedics, technical rescue personnel were honored Monday for their role in safely extracting a man from a piece of heavy equipment last spring in Laurel. On April 21, 2012, responders from the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department were dispatched to the 5400 block of Van Dusen Road after a 911 caller said a worker had become pinned in a mulch colorizing machine. After assessing the man's situation, the department brought in a wide array of emergency resources and specialists to perform a "complicated and intense rescue" of the man, later identified as Larry Marshall Potter, 60, of Maysville, WV. The procedure included "hauling systems, EMS Care, safety systems, liaisons, air monitoring, landing zones, and manual …
Monday, October 8, 2012
A kitten set out on a journey on Columbus Day and landed in a new world.
A man driving his car out of a shop in Beltsville on Monday stopped suddenly when he heard a kitten meowing inside it. Firefighters from the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department came to the rescue around 1:50 p.m., according to Firefighter Josh Stuhler. To draw the kitten out, firefighters tapped on the bottom of car, creating noise until it moved into an area where they could reach for it, Stuhler said. On the day we celebrate Columbus' voyage to a new world, this young feline has made a journey of its own. And the vehicle it picked to begin its trip in was not too shabby—a BMW. Now the brown and white kitten is hanging out with the firefighters in the new world of the fire station. But it is about to go on another voyage: Stuhler said …
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Police hope outreach will help solve honor student's murder; an off-duty policeman pulls a woman away from a burning truck; and Bed, Bath & Beyond officially closes in Bowie town Center.
A high school junior is gunned down, the NAACP files a complaint against Laurel police; county police hope outreach will help solve student's murder; off-duty policeman works to rescue woman from flaming truck; and Bed, Bath & Beyond officially closes in Bowie Town Center—in Prince George's County headlines this week. Central High Junior Gunned Down While Walking to School Police are investigating the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Marckel Ross, a junior at Central High School in Capitol Heights. NAACP Files Complaint About Laurel Police With Feds After a video of a Laurel Police officer striking a handcuffed man in August surfaced, the Prince George's County Chapter of the NAACP is asking the Department of Justice to intervene and …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Larry Porter visits paramedics who saved him from machine in April.
A West Virginia man who was rescued from a mulch machine in April stopped by the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department Monday to thank his rescuers. Larry Marshall Potter, 60, Maysville, WV, visited with the firefighter, medics and members of the Technical Rescue Team who rescued him after he became trapped in a mulch machine along Van Dusen Road. At one point, a total of 50 firefighters and medics were on the scene at Grant County Mulch, including medical professionals from the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Hospital, according to Prince George’s Fire/EMS officials. Potter’s legs were severely injured during the incident. But on Monday, Potter was all smiles as he greeted firefighters and medics along with his family. Potter was using a …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Victim fell 20 feet but is expected to survive.
Prince George’s County Fire/EMS workers have rescued a man who fell 20 feet inside a trench at a construction site in South Laurel. The incident happened around 9:45 a.m. today along the 10100 block of Canadian Way, according to WUSA. The man reportedly was quickly rescued by Fire/EMS workers. The condition of the man is not currently known, but he is expected to survive according to reports.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services showed off its best on Wednesday night.
Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services administrators and local leaders gathered at Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia on Wednesday evening to honor some of the department's bravest members over the past year. The Firefighter of the Year award went to Jeremy Clancy, who is a hazardous materials expert for the department and a technician at the Emergency Operations Center. "His work with [the National Institute of Standards and Technology] has led to a new standard by the American Society for Testing and Materials for collecting bio terror substances," said department spokesperson Jackie Cutler. "In our department, he’s known as the HazMat Go To Guy and is open to sharing his expertise with anyone willing to listen." Also …
Monday, August 15, 2011
Rescue officials said the vehicle traveled down a 100-foot embankment before crashing into a swimming pool.
A vehicle carrying one passenger crashed into a pool after traveling down a 100-foot embankment near the 6600 block of Carlinda Avenue in Columbia, according to a county press release. Howard County Fire and Rescue Services responded to an incident at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday to assist police and found a driver trapped in a vehicle, which was submerged in a swimming pool. Personnel accessed the driver with ladders and a rope rigging system, and found the elderly woman conscious but disoriented in water up to her chest, according to county fire spokesperson Eric Proctor. A unit transported the patient to University of Maryland Shock Trauma, and her status was "critical but stable" as of 11 a.m. today, said fire spokesperson Jackie Cutler.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Rescue teams arrive after situation turns hairy at Lake Elkhorn.
Sometimes the doggie paddle can only get you so far. This afternoon, Chester the dog was out in the park when, according to his owner, the pup slipped away from his leash and chased a duck into Lake Elkhorn. Chester didn't catch the duck. Instead, according to Jaqueline Cutler, public information officer at Howard County Fire and Rescue, he got stuck in the thick kelp, swimming in circles, but not able to make it back to shore. After an hour in the lake, Chester's owner decided to call Howard County Fire and Rescue for help. Water technicians Mike Marlatt, Mike Bowen and Mark Plummer arrived on the scene with Capt. Stephen M. Hardesty, firefighter paramedic Dennis Wenner and firefighter EMT Zach Means. The crews hit the water and headed …